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Graduates prepare for Saturday morning's commencement ceremony.
Saturday morning's commencement recognized graduates of the S.C. Honors College and College of Arts and Sciences. The afternoon session was devoted to graduates of eight other colleges and programs.


That was true for Greg Smith, 47, of Cayce, who began working on a college degree nearly 30 years ago but left college to join the Air Force and raise a son. After earning a certificate as a culinary chef and attending a junior college, Smith enrolled at Carolina and earned his bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant, and tourism management.

And though he was somewhat reluctant to admit it at first, Smith is on his way to Clemson University. A job with ARAMARK food services is taking him to the Upstate.

But on Saturday, his mind was only on Carolina.

“Today is a day for accomplishment,” he said. “I finished something I started almost 30 years ago. This degree means respect with peers and co-workers. It’s a great day.”

By Office of Media Relations

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Posted: 05/09/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 05/29/09 @ 2:07 PM | Permalink

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